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LEON MATTHEW SMITH 'GRANDBUBBY'

May 11, 1927 January 20, 2010
LEON MATTHEW SMITH 'GRANDBUBBY'
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Obituary for LEON MATTHEW SMITH 'GRANDBUBBY'

Leon Matthew Smith, 82, of Lusby, MD passed away on January 20, 2010 at his residence in Lusby, MD. He was born on May 11, 1927 in Calvert County Maryland to the late Nathan Earl Smith and Annette Gross Smith. He was one of eleven children. Leon affectionally known as "Grandbubby" to his family was called home from labor to his heavenly home.
He was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools. In 1941, Leon entered into the United States Army and served until he was honorably discharged in 1945. After returning from the military, he was employed by the Federal Government at Patuxent Naval Air Station until his retirement.
On February 26, 1953, He married Cora Lee Elizabeth Murray. From this union, eight children were born; Linwood, Patsy, Francis, Cordelia, Allen, George, Lisa, and Tyseeke. Leon was a special uncle to William Smith, Vicki Smith, and Kym Massenburg. He cherished them as if they were his own children. Hazel Sutton, is a close friend of the family, whom Leon took under his wing as a daughter. Preceding him in death were two children George and Francis Smith. Two brothers, Eugene & Rondell Smith; Three sisters Patsy Smith, Estelle Smith, and Lottie Adams.
Leon was a faithful member of Saint John's United Methodist Church. He was a willing worker for the Lord. Leon was a member of the Senior Choir, Intermediate Choir and the Methodist Men Choir. He was a devoted Sunday School teacher, Lay Speaker, and Usher. Leon was devoted to worshiping with the sick and shut-in, and regularly attended the Wednesday night bible study and worship service.
Leon and Eugene shared being advent gardeners. They would grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and didn't mind sharing them with others. He also had great joy in teaching the bible. He was a member of Gray-Ray American Legion Post 220, Prince Frederick, MD. He shared a passion in the Feed the Children Foundation. He sponsored one child through Feed the Children, and sponsored a number of children through World Vision. This clearly shows that Leon loved and had compassion for many.
Through love for the Lord he was able to take his love and turn it into our love. He would preach from the Bible at any given time or moment especially at family gatherings to give thanks when praise was due. He loved to share the word with anyone and everyone who wanted to hear the gospel of the Lord. When he was no longer physically able to attend church he accepted his church family and congregation into his home for prayer and bible teachings.
Leon was blessed to have a devoted and dedicated wife, Cora Lee, who supported and cared for him during his long illness.
Leon leaves to cherish precious memories and his love for God; Cora Lee his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, affectionately known to him as "Darling Jill"; six children Linwood (special friend Kimberly), Patsy, Cordelia (Bruce), Allen (Nicole), Lisa, and Tyseeke (Everette); 3 sisters, Maire Gray, Violet Brown, and Annie Pearl Smith; 2 brothers, James and Roland Smith; 4 sisters-in- law; Laura Smith, Bonita Smith, Nancy Smith and Rachel Smith; 15 grandchildren; Anthony, Trawn, Nicholas, Christina, Lakia, Courtney, Gill, Whitney, Sharee, Portia, Antwoin, Nicole, Desiree, Jordan, and Kennedy; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Cemetery:

St. John UM Church 1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby, MD 20657 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at St. John UM Church 1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Monday, January 25, 2010 (map/driving directions) 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at St. John UM Church 1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

12:00 P.M. at St. John UM Church 1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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